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I Prevail’s Eric Vanlerberghe On Launching The Band: “We Had People On The Edge Of Their Seats”

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Rock Sound 17 April 2020 at 14.00

"Even the kids who were like, ‘Nah, this is trash’, they were still waiting for what was coming next!” - Eric Vanlerberghe

I Prevail are on the cover of Rock Sound this month, telling their incredible story from beginning to end. Chart their rise to superstardom by picking up a copy from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV

From the moment the band met at a Taco Bell back in 2013, they vowed to make sure that they had everything ready to go before introducing themselves to the world. So with debut EP 'Heart vs. Mind' and a cover of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' to hand, I Prevail were ready to go. Inside their cover feature Eric Vanlerberghe and Brian Berkheiser remember what it was like seeing the band blow up right before their eyes. 

“What was funny was, Taylor Swift had just taken all of her music off of streaming services... so if you searched ‘Blank Space’, our cover was what came up,” remembers Eric.

“I’ll never forget on December 02, we had maybe 10,000 views, it was doing well and YouTube was pushing it,” adds Brian. “But I had my hand literally in the pizza oven when I got a text from Eric, saying, ‘Billboard just posted about the cover’. Our families and our friends started going, ‘Whoa...’”

“My mum called me and said, ‘What does this mean?’ And I was like, ‘Ma, it means I told you so!’” laughs Eric. “‘It means we took a shot, and it’s working! We had people on the edge of their seats, because it was the only thing we had out there. Even the kids who were like, ‘Nah, this is trash’, they were still waiting for what was coming next!”

“We would be on Twitter going through A Day To Remember or Bring Me The Horizon’s followers, messaging and messaging saying, ‘Hey, it’d be great if you could check this out’,” explains Brian.

“That’s where we initially gained a really good bond with some of our fanbase. They knew that, ‘Hey, they’re just a couple of kids from Michigan who came from out of nowhere and blew up, and now they’re talking to me and don’t think they’re ‘too cool’ for it’.” “For the whole of that month, we were literally up from 10am to midnight on the computer talking to everybody we could. 

"I remember one day where Eric, me and Steve were in my apartment living room, reading through all these messages. We all just broke down on the sofa, because someone, who I think was in the military, sent this huge message saying how much ‘Crossroads’ a ected them and had gotten them through. That was the first moment where we were like, ‘This is so much bigger than just writing a song. This is touching somebody in a way that could save their life, or push them to achieve something in a way they maybe didn’t think they could’. And from there, we knew this was what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives.”

And this is just a taster of their MASSIVE 17-page cover feature. Check out their issue for the full interview and brand new photo-shoot.


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